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Tim_Tex
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10 Sep 2009, 11:51 am

I am thinking about getting a digital camcorder in the near future. And as many of you probably know, indie films are one of my special interests. So I was wondering, what all is entailed in the amateur filmmaking process?


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10 Sep 2009, 12:54 pm

thats cool Tim!

The process of making films is long and need you to think of all details in it. Plan what you want to record, thinking of all angles, what it reqire in material, locations and people. Then make GOOD recording of it, preferable with a tripod so the viewer dont get the earthquake feeling. That is important if you are not use to hold a videocam steady. After you got your cam you have to take time to get to know it and do test videos so you are familiar with it when doing the real important recordings. Then you need time to get to know the editing program properly. It definitely entail massive amount of time in the editing program! To understand what it can do and how to get around with it. Its quite alot and that was just some spontanious thoughts....

Please let me know how your progress go :-)


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10 Sep 2009, 1:57 pm

The animated sitcom "Home Movies" inspired my newfound interest.


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10 Sep 2009, 2:41 pm

Film/Filmmaking is my huge special interest too. If you're getting a camera, I'd also recommend investing in either a shotgun mic or some Lavalier mics that can connect to whatever camera you decide on, audio quality is much more important then video quality when it comes to video production. Also, based on my experiences with filmmaking and having Aspergers, make sure every shot is planned out perfectly and the dialogue is set in stone, trying to think of stuff on the fly while giving direction to actors and such is a horrible experience. I'd recommend going to the location by yourself or with a friend or something the day before you shoot a scene and setting up all of the angles before you have to deal with actors and such. Dealing with actors is pretty much the only part of the process I despise, other then that it's really fun and rewarding, go for it.



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10 Sep 2009, 2:42 pm

Thanks for the advice!


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18 Oct 2009, 9:33 pm

I bought a camcorder that uploads videos for YouTube.


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